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Government to streamline costs, boost ‘non-oil’ revenues
May 16, 2015, 10:17 am

The government seems keen on reducing its expenditures as there are indications that the 2016/2017 budget will be streamlined and controlled further while widening the scope of non-oil revenues, reports a local daily.

A source disclosed the government is taking steps carefully and gradually, indicating the procedures for streamlining expenditures started in fiscal 2015- 2016. He said the National Assembly, specifically the Budget and Final Accounts Committee and other relevant committees, is cooperating with the government to protect public funds.

He added both authorities believe that the wealth of incoming generations should be protected through the initiative to streamline expenditures and diversify the economy by boosting non-oil revenues. He explained part of the procedures is the issuance of laws related to public tenders and strategic alternative to the salary scale. He hinted that the government intends to cancel the privilege given to some employees to cash or upgrade the air tickets issued to them and their families.

Three government departments recently launched online services, the most notable of which is offered by the Ministry of Commerce and Industry for citizens to set up companies online and submit documents to obtain commercial licenses within a few minutes, reports Al-Rai daily.

A source explained the services are meant to consolidate the electronic government system in a bid to eliminate bureaucracy in completing transactions for citizens and expatriates. He said Minister of Public Works Ahmad Al-Jassar also launched a portal for his ministry, indicating the site offers 524 services and 455 can be done through online payment using K-Net.

According to the source, the Public Authority for Civil Information (PACI) has introduced the electronic envelope system. He said people can provide data for newborns and register domestic workers electronically through this system. He added the services include change in address, to be followed by family visa in the nearest future.

Acting Secretary General of the Higher Committee for Propagation of Moderation at the Ministry of Awqaf and Islamic Affairs Fareed Amadi has affirmed that all observations and suggestions from various institutions, which contributed to drafting the document to tackle extremist ideologies and excessiveness in religion, have been taken into consideration, reports Al-Qabas daily.

Amadi said the committee has included these observations and suggestions in the strategy which will be implemented soon. He revealed the committee deliberated on 20 observations from government and private agencies in a recent meeting, indicating these observations are 10 percent in comparison with the number of those agencies whose majority approved all the initiatives.

Meanwhile, a source informed that the Ministry of Awqaf and Islamic Affairs has been studying a mechanism of interaction with domestic workers. He asserted the domestic workers are integral part of the homes as some of them take care of the children; hence, the sponsors should deal with them in a parent-child manner.

He stressed that studying the mechanism of interacting with domestic workers is necessary due to dangers embedded in a situation whereby children spend more time with these workers such as imbibing unusual habits or ideas, especially the non-Muslims among the workers.

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